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Week 22 News and Notes: Winter champs wrap up; Spring kicks into full gear

(c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
(c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

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This Week's Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 23
Men's Lacrosse vs. Messiah, 4:00
Women's Lacrosse at Shenandoah, 4:00

Saturday, Feb. 26
Wrestling at NCAA Div. III Mideast Regional (at Elizabethtown), 10:00
Indoor Track & Field at Centennial Conference Championship (at Ursinus), 10:30
Baseball vs. Albright (at Ripken Complex, Aberdeen), 12:00 (DH)
Men's Lacrosse at St. Mary's (Md.), 1:00
Softball vs. Arcadia (at Raleigh, N.C.), 12:30
Softball vs. Greensboro (at Raleigh, N.C.), 3:00

Sunday, Feb. 27
Wrestling at NCAA Div. III Mideast Regional (at Elizabethtown), 10:00
Indoor Track & Field at Centennial Conference Championship (at Ursinus), 11:00
Softball vs. Meredith (at Raleigh, N.C.), 9:00
Softball vs. Shenandoah (at Raleigh, N.C.), 11:30


LAST TIME OUT: Then-No. 15 Ursinus closed out the 2021 regular season with a 17-7 win over McDaniel.

• T.C. DiBartolo takes over as Green Terror head coach this season after spending the last five seasons as associate head coach at national lacrosse powerhouse Gettysburg, where he oversaw their defense and served as recruiting coordinator. Prior to his arrival at Gettysburg, he served as the head men's lacrosse coach, director of facilities, and director of intramurals at Division III Green Mountain College during the 2015-16 academic year. He also worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Mount Saint Mary's University, from 2012-13.

•  The Green Terror attack returns five of its top six scorers from last season. McDaniel does lose leading scorer Micah Brooks but the return of Nick DeLoriers to the attack should make up for that loss. He returns to the squad after a year away and brings back with him 29 goals and 15 assists in 22 career games. As a rookie in 2019, he was second on the team with 22 goals and third with 27 points.

• Brighton Lorber returns to the cage to backstop the defense. The defense, however, will need to replace four-year starting defenseman Zachary Shrift on that unit. Ty Maurer and Jimmy Schmidt return to anchor the defense after starting all six games last season.


LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel used an 11-1 run to break open a 4-3 game and defeat Goucher 18-6 in the opener on Saturday.

• Lillian Kim recorded her first collegiate hat trick in Saturday's victory, tallying four goals. The senior entered the year with just two career tallies before doubling that output in one game this season. Otherwise, the offense spread things around well with eight other players registering at least one goal, including six with two tallies. Michaela Reid and Gaby Kohr both notched their first career goals in the win.


LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel had a pair of placewinners at the 2022 Centennial Conference championship hosted by Johns Hopkins on Feb. 12.

•  Michael Bromley led the Green Terror at the conference championship two weeks ago, placing second at 174. He opened his day with a 9-3 win and added a 9-2 victory in the semfinals before falling 3-1 in the title tilt. Jaedyn Harris was third at 197. He won his opening-round bout in sudden victory 5-3 before falling in the semifinals and winning two matches in the consolation bracket, including his first technical fall in the consolation semis.


LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel added a final round of qualifiers at the Kutztown Last Chance Qualifier on Friday.

• Tyren Proctor was named Centennial Conference men's track athlete of the week after setting and resetting the 55 hurdles record on Friday night. He turned in a performance of 7.92 seconds in the prelims to better the 28-year-old record by 0.02 seconds before taking the record 0.03 seconds lower in the finals with his second-place time of 7.89 seconds. His 60-meter hurdle converted time of 8.50 seconds ranks second in the conference.

• McDaniel has recorded more than 50 individual CC-qualifying marks this season. Of those 50, 14 marks are top-10 performances in their respective events in the conference this season. Chett Brunner and Sarah Case lead the charge on the field side. Brunner (14.58 meters) and Case (12.07) each had the No. 2 shot put throw in the conference. The Green Terror also have two second-ranked marks on the track. Tyren Proctor has the No. 2 time in the 60 hurdles while Gabby Collins turned in the second-fastest 60 at 7.86 seconds.


LAST TIME OUT: Montclair manufactured a run in the 10th inning of game one and then used three unearned runs in the fourth inning of game two for a sweep of McDaniel by scores of 7-6 and 6-3 on Sunday.

• Four players rapped out multiple hits in Sunday's season-opening twinbill. Joey Hubinger had two hits in each game and leads the team with four knocks and a .500 average. He also had a double on the day. T.J. McGuire had three knocks, including his first career home run in game two. Jake Smith also had three hits while Shane Daly debuted with two hits that included a triple in game two.

• Three pitchers made their McDaniel debuts on Sunday and each pitched multiple innings. Matt Speakman arguably had the best outing, throwing the final 2 1/3 innings of the game two without allowing a baserunner. He struck out three of the seven he faced. Hunter Darke threw 2 1/3 innings in game one and did not allow a hit but walked three, allowing an unearned run. Ryan Kelly struck out one in three innings of work in game one.


LAST TIME OUT: Gettysburg had a five-run inning in each game to close out the 2021 regular season with a non-conference sweep of McDaniel, 12-3 and 7-3.

• Megan Horsey returns to lead the offense in 2022 after hitting .500 in a shortened 16-game season last year. She rapped out 31 hits with eight doubles. She struck out just three times. The two-time first-team all-conference catcher will once again manage the pitching staff in addition to anchoring the offense.

• Including Horsey, the Green Terror returns all but two starters from the 2021 lineup. Meg Cappadora (.356), Evie Craig (.355), Makayla Calamita (.306), Paytyn Hazelton (.298), and Mattie Whalen (.291) all hit better than .290 a year ago. Cappadora, Calamita, and Hazelton all join Horsey as returning all-conference players. Cappadora (utility) and Calamita (shortstop) were both first-team nods.

• McDaniel will need to find more consistency in the circle after an up-and-down 2021. The staff had the highest ERA in the conference (5.43) but was also fourth in the league in strikeouts per seven innings (3.64). The Green Terror staff had six games last year in which it allowed three or fewer earned runs but another six where it allowed seven or more in a game. Mel Grant threw the most innings (30.0) with 11 strikeouts while Krista Waller had the most strikeouts (18) in 29 2/3 innings.